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Sam Waterston was born on November 15, 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Samuel Atkinson Waterston. He is an actor and producer, known for Law & Order (1990), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Great Gatsby (1974). He has been married to Lynn Louisa Woodruff since January 26, 1976. They have three children. He was previously married to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Law & Order
Law & Order Jack McCoy
(1994-2010)
The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields Sydney Schanberg
(1984)
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway
(1974)
I'll Fly Away
I'll Fly Away Forrest Bedford
(1991-1993)

Filmography

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 2018 On the Basis of Sex (post-production)
Erwin Griswold
 2015-2018 Grace and Frankie (TV Series)
Sol Bergstein / Sol
- Episode #4.10 (2018) ... Sol
- Episode #4.13 (2018) ... Sol Bergstein
- Episode #4.3 (2018) ... Sol Bergstein
- Episode #4.12 (2017) ... Sol Bergstein
- The Musical (2017) ... Sol Bergstein
 2017 Godless (TV Mini-Series)
Marshal John Cook
- Fathers & Sons (2017) ... Marshal John Cook
- Wisdom of the Horse (2017) ... Marshal John Cook
- An Incident at Creede (2017) ... Marshal John Cook
 2016 Miss Sloane
George Dupont
 2015 Anesthesia
Walter Zarrow
 2015 And It Was Good
Judge Alexander Baas / Doctor / Gravedigger
 2012-2014 The Newsroom (TV Series)
Charlie Skinner
- What Kind of Day Has It Been (2014) ... Charlie Skinner
- Oh Shenandoah (2014) ... Charlie Skinner
- Contempt (2014) ... Charlie Skinner
- Main Justice (2014) ... Charlie Skinner
- Run (2014) ... Charlie Skinner
 2014 Please Be Normal
Dad
 2013 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
Poncho Denews / Charlie Skinner
- Peter Baker (2013) ... Poncho Denews / Charlie Skinner
 2013 Jo (TV Series)
David Zifkin
- Le Marais (2013) ... David Zifkin
 2013 The Path to Violence (TV Series)
Narrator (2013) (voice)
 1994-2010 Law & Order (TV Series)
Jack McCoy
- Rubber Room (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Love Eternal (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Immortal (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- The Taxman Cometh (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Crashers (2010) ... Jack McCoy
 2000-2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Jack McCoy
- Torch (2010) ... Jack McCoy
- Blinded (2007) ... Jack McCoy
- Entitled (2000) ... Jack McCoy
 2007 Masters of Science Fiction (TV Series)
Havelman
- A Clean Escape (2007) ... Havelman
 2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV Series)
Jack McCoy
- Skeleton (2005) ... Jack McCoy
- The Abominable Showman (2005) ... Jack McCoy
 2003 The Commission
J. Lee Rankin
 2003 Le divorce
Chester Walker
 2002 The Matthew Shepard Story (TV Movie)
Dennis Shepard
 2000 A House Divided (TV Movie)
David Dickson
 2000 Family Guy (TV Series)
Dr. Kaplan
- Road to Rhode Island (2000) ... Dr. Kaplan (voice, uncredited)
- Brian in Love (2000) ... Dr. Kaplan (voice)
 1997-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Jack McCoy
- Sideshow (1999) ... Jack McCoy
- Baby, It's You (1997) ... Jack McCoy (as Sam Waterson)
 1998 Exiled (TV Movie)
Jack McCoy
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Dr. Karl Koster
- Miracle at Midnight (1998) ... Dr. Karl Koster
 1997 Shadow Conspiracy
The President
 1996 The Proprietor
Harry Bancroft
 1995 Nixon
CIA Director Richard Helms
 1995 The Journey of August King
Mooney Wright
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie)
President William Foster
 1994 Serial Mom
Dad
 1994 David's Mother (TV Movie)
John Nils
 1993 A Dog Race in Alaska (Short)
 1993 I'll Fly Away: Then and Now (TV Movie)
Forrest Bedford
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
G.G. Devoe
- As Ye Sow (1993) ... G.G. Devoe
 1991-1993 I'll Fly Away (TV Series)
Forrest Bedford
- State (1993) ... Forrest Bedford
- Commencement (1993) ... Forrest Bedford
- What's in a Name? (1993) ... Forrest Bedford
- Small Wishes (1993) ... Forrest Bedford
- Realpolitik (1993) ... Forrest Bedford
 1992 Warburg: A Man of Influence (TV Mini-Series)
Siegmund Warburg
 1991 The Man in the Moon
Matthew Trant
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
President Abraham Lincoln
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
 1990 Mindwalk
Jack Edwards
 1990 A Captive in the Land
Royce
 1989 Welcome Home
Woody
 1989 Lantern Hill (TV Movie)
Andrew Stuart
 1989 The Nightmare Years (TV Mini-Series)
Bill Shirer
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
- Part 2 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
- Part 1 (1989) ... Bill Shirer
 1988 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Views of a Vanishing Frontier (1988) ... Narrator (voice)
 1988 Lincoln (TV Mini-Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Abraham Lincoln
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Abraham Lincoln
 1988 A Walk in the Woods (TV Movie)
John Honeyman
 1987 September
Peter
 1987 Devil's Paradise
Jones
 1987 The Room Upstairs (TV Movie)
Travis Coles
 1986 Flagrant désir
Inspecteur Gerry Morrison
 1986 Just Between Friends
Harry Crandall
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Jordan Manmouth
- Mirror, Mirror (1986) ... Jordan Manmouth
 1986 The Fifth Missile (TV Movie)
Capt. Allard Renslow
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
David (uncredited)
 1985 Warning Sign
Cal Morse
 1985 Love Lives On (TV Movie)
Bernie
 1985 Finnegan Begin Again (TV Movie)
Paul Broadbent
 1984 The Killing Fields
Sydney Schanberg
 1984 The Boy Who Loved Trolls (TV Movie)
Ofoeti
 1983 Dempsey (TV Movie)
Doc Kearns
 1983 In Defense of Kids (TV Movie)
Paul Wilcox
 1983 Freedom to Speak (TV Mini-Series)
Theodore Roosevelt
 1982 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
David Bentells
 1982 Q.E.D. (TV Series)
Prof. Quentin E. Deverill
- The Limehouse Connection (1982) ... Prof. Quentin E. Deverill
- To Catch a Ghost (1982) ... Prof. Quentin E. Deverill
- 4:10 to Zurich (1982) ... Prof. Quentin E. Deverill
- Infernal Device (1982) ... Prof. Quentin E. Deverill
- The Great Motor Race (1982) ... Prof. Quentin E. Deverill
 1980 Oppenheimer (TV Mini-Series)
Robert Oppenheimer
- Episode #1.7 (1980) ... Robert Oppenheimer
- Episode #1.6 (1980) ... Robert Oppenheimer
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Robert Oppenheimer
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Robert Oppenheimer
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Robert Oppenheimer
 1980 Heaven's Gate
Frank Canton
 1980 Hopscotch
Cutter
 1980 Sweet William
William McClusky
 1979 Eagle's Wing
White Bull
 1979 Friendly Fire (TV Movie)
C.D. Bryan
 1978 Interiors
Mike
 1977 Capricorn One
Peter Willis
 1976 Sweet Revenge
Le Clerq
 1975 Journey Into Fear
Mr. Graham
 1975 Rancho Deluxe
Cecil Colson
 1974 Reflections of Murder (TV Movie)
Michael Elliott
 1974 The Great Gatsby
Nick Carraway
 1973 The Glass Menagerie (TV Movie)
Tom Wingfield
 1973 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Benedick
 1972 Mahoney's Estate
Felix
 1972 Savages
James, the Limping Man
 1971 Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?
Alex Monte
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (segment "Foul!")
- Foul!/Actor's Choice (1970) ... (segment "Foul!") (as Sam Waterson)
 1970 Cover Me Babe
Cameraman
 1969/I Three
Taylor
 1969 Generation
Desmond
 1969 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Foul! (1969)
 1967 Fitzwilly
Oliver
 1967 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Marco
- Murder for Infinity (1967) ... Marco
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Peter Moreland
- The Living End of Sisterbaby (1966) ... Peter Moreland
 1966 Camera Three (TV Series)
Man 2
- In Search of Ezra Pound: Part 1 (1966) ... Man 2
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Mark
- Enough La Boheme for Everybody (1965) ... Mark
- Life in the Dance Hall (1965) ... Mark
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Alternate Names:

Sam Waterson | Samuel A. Waterston

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I came to New York in 1962 and it began to look like I might be able to make a living in 1972. See more »

Trivia:

Father-in-law of Louis Cancelmi. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently portrays Abraham Lincoln (three times) and other Presidents of the United States. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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